Spotify shares fall on report Amazon in talks to launch ad-supported music offering

Amazon could be a major competitor to Spotify in an already-crowded streaming marketplace. — Reuters pic
Amazon could be a major competitor to Spotify in an already-crowded streaming marketplace. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, April 15 — Shares of Spotify Technology SA fell 4 per cent today after a report said Amazon.com Inc was in talks to launch a free ad-supported music service, which is expected to intensify competition for the music streaming leader.

Amazon would market the free music service through its voice-activated Echo speakers, a Billboard report said on Friday, adding that it could become available as early as this week.

So far, the e-commerce giant offers its Prime Music service as part of its Amazon Prime subscription service at US$119 (RM489.80) per year. Amazon Prime also offers free delivery and access to its Prime Video service.

In addition, the company sells Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions for US$9.99 a month, which is available for Prime members at a lower fee of US$7.99 per month.



Spotify had 116 million ad-supported users and 96 million paying subscribers as of February 2019. Amazon has said “tens of millions” of paid customers listen to Prime Music and its standalone Amazon Music Unlimited service.

Amazon and Spotify did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Shares of satellite radio company, Sirius XM Holdings , were also down 2 per cent at US$5.97. — Reuters

Source: The Malay Mail Online





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